Sunday Reads: Rigged and Corrupt


tRump is projecting again…

It is so tiresome.

As I write this, my eyes are starting to close in on themselves…like they are responding in some form of defense mechanism.

I need to go back to sleep, before I go crazy.

Just a few more tweets:

And we’ll end it with this:



This is an open thread.

7 Comments on “Sunday Reads: Rigged and Corrupt”

  1. quixote says:

    I just read a totally depressing well-reasoned article by Will Bunch laying out how the partisan desire to win means our rigged and corrupt situation will probably stay that way.

    One of his points is that Democrats using the same tactics to, for instance, start dealing with climate change is just as authoritarian (true). We should be sure the checks and balances come back, no matter what.

    I really don’t know what to say to that. On the one hand, yes, sliding into fascism to deal with climate change would be hugely less than ideal. (Although it might mean we survive long enough to be alive to go back to a better form of government.) On the other hand, the Repubs are never going to give one hoot for all these “formalities.” They *want* totalitarianism with them in power. So it’s always going to be only one side being all noble while the other trashes the joint.

    That’s not going to work either.

    • NW Luna says:

      Checks and balances must be enforced. The dilemma is how to get the Republicans to follow the rules. Republicans these days are the fringe rightwing radicals of prior decades, and I don’t know if the party will ever go back to what they were. Most Dems nowadays are the moderate Republicans of yesteryear, but of course that is so much better than Ryans and McConnells. If most Americans voted, and if voting reliability was not compromised, and if voter suppression did not occur, we’d have more Dems in office. If we had a truly representational Congress — all states having the same ratio of population to senators — we’d have even more Dems in office.

      Sigh I’m cynical — or am I realistic? Things look bleak now.

      • quixote says:

        Yes, you’re describing having an actual government in place again. It’s going to take a national catharsis of some kind to realize that power isn’t the point. A democracy and rights are. It’s happened before, but we’d have to turn some major corner to get there. It sure isn’t a straight line progression of where we’re headed now.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Please watch this shocking video.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    I’m posting these articles from The Atlantic about impeachment for Joanelle.

    Impeachment: An Argument, by Jeffrey Goldberg.

    Impeach Trump Now, by Yoni Applebaum.

    Plus an interview with Applebaum at NPR: ‘Atlantic’ Makes The Case: It’s Time To Impeach Trump, by Steve Inskeep.